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Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1968-10-12




Set 1

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Dark Star ->
Saint Stephen ->
The Eleven ->
Death Don't Have No Mercy


Set 2

Cryptical Envelopment ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Cryptical Envelopment ->
New Potato Caboose ->
Jam ->
Drums ->
Jam ->
Feedback


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Avalon Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA

Source MSR> DAT> Sonic Solutions> CD
Lineage CD > EAC > WAV > SHN
Transferred by David Gans

Notes

THE OWEN BROTHERS VAULT

Reviews

Reviewer: connor96 - - November 26, 2011
Subject: Great Show
What a great show, I really wish this one was available for download. Is there anyone that can give me a link on another website so I can download it?
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - March 13, 2011
Subject: Epic Slice of Psychedelia
Excellent snapshot of the band's prowess in 68. They were young, full of energy and musical ideas.

Excellent DS although I find the percussion (guiro?) high in the mix and a bit distracting from such an otherwise mellow soundscape. It's amazing how much this song would mature in the next few years. The 11 and Death Don't are both fantastic.
I agree with the earlier reviewer - the first set is better than the second (not too often you hear that). That's not to say it isn't excellent as well. The show culminates in an intense but atmospheric Feedback.

It's a shame much of the music from these psychedelic suites was shelved in later years, beside the increasingly lackluster Other Ones and DS's rebirth in'89.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - October 23, 2010
Subject: Fantastic Performance Worthy of Official Release!!
A strong contender for the best of the year, this is an essential show that belongs in every collection. seriously, whether you're a primal dead fan or not, you NEED this show!

The Dark Star is gorgeous and well jammed, the Eleven and the That's It for the Other One suite are pretty much peerless in '68, and Phil's Thirteens Jam-style solo during New Potato is absolutely astonishing!

DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200.
Reviewer: fat lager dude - - October 11, 2009
Subject: High novelty report
The opening number is an elementary foxtrot which is also a ladies choice. It's one of the better ones. The shakey percussion sound that goes from side to side of this very nice stereo 41 year old recording may not be everone's cup of tea but I like it. The kits are panned to each side very nicely which gives a jolly rendition of Saint Stephen an extra edge. The jamming on The Eleven is as tight as a nun's c u next tuesday. It`s intense, folks and I don't think music gets much better than this. Death Don`t Have No Mercy is sublime. Everyone needed a breather after the 1st set.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - July 20, 2009
Subject: Pigpen absent – great first set
Pigpen seems to be absent – we don’t hear organ anywhere. Still a good show, though. Audio quality is excellent.

The first set is better than the second. This is a classic Dark Star from the classic Dark Star period. The jam is interesting and Jerry delivers great vocals. St. Stephan is the same arrangement as on Aoxomoxoa, with the bells and the wobbly guitar. (They were recording Aoxomoxoa at this time). It, as well as The Eleven, are tight and energetic, with great jamming. The set ends with Death Don’t Have No Mercy, with Jerry at his finest on vocal, with nice guitar work as well. on Death Don’t.

The Second set starts out well with a good Cryptical>Other One. There’s a somewhat rough transition into New Potato, where absence of any keyboard is noticeable. Nice vocal by Bob.
There a somewhat weak Drums followed by an Alligator-ish jam. This is pretty good stuff, but there are better Anthem sets in 1968, with better transitions, particularly February-March and August.

First set 5, second set 4. Lack of Pigpen rounds it down to 4.
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